Board of Trustees

John O’Dowd


John is a reconstructive spinal surgeon based in London and Hampshire. Most of his referral base is complex secondary and tertiary spinal problems. He is a recognised opinion leader and professional medical expert.

John is the Founder and Director of Education Worldwide of AO Spine Foundation based in Switzerland, the largest representative spinal organisation in the world with over 13,000 members. John has chaired and set up courses, lectured and organised educational networks worldwide.

In the business sector John has a passion for start-up businesses as a means to solving healthcare and healthcare technology problems. His business interests range across multidisciplinary rehabilitation through to medical practice management and pure information technology businesses.

Chris Lavy OBE


Chris Lavy is Professor of Orthopaedic and Tropical Surgery at the University of Oxford, England and also Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  He is a fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, and a trustee and council member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Chris was trained at University College London and St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, with further training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and in Oxford, Norwich, Bath, Paris, and Cape Town.

His first consultant post was at the Middlesex Hospital in London, but in 1996 he moved to Malawi to work with Christoffelblinden mission (CBM).  He has worked for over 12 years in Africa.  Chris had the vision for, and raised the funds for the Beit CURE orthopaedic hospitals in Malawi and Zambia, and is working on a sister hospital in Zimbabwe.

Chris is committed to surgical training and research in sub-Saharan Africa.  He was a founding council member of the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) in 1999, and continues this work with the COOL project (COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic Link).  He is a commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.

Chris holds BSc, MBBS and MD degrees from the University of London, an MCh from the University of Liverpool, and fellowships in surgery from COSECSA and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.  He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2007 for services to international orthopaedics.

Rosemary Livingstone


Rosemary Livingstone is the founder of RL Floral Designs, a boutique, high-end floral design company in Central London. She recently founded RL Image Design – a company that combines her entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and her years of experience in personal branding.

Rosemary was born in Zimbabwe and her compassion for the poor and vulnerable is deeply rooted in her African roots and her Christian faith. Her heart for women, children and struggling families in rural Africa leads her to invest her life, time and resources into fruitful opportunities to uplift the needy.

CURE UK Policies

CURE UK is committed to putting the children whom we serve at the centre of what we do. In order to do this in the best possible way, CURE UK has developed the following policies:

CURE UK – Global Child Protection Policy May 2015
CURE UK – Equal Opportunities Policy May 2013
CURE UK – Data Protection Policy 2013
CURE UK – Child Protection Policy May 2013
CURE International UK Complaints Policy May 2017
CURE UK – CURE International UK Whistle Blowing Policy May 2017
CURE UK – CURE International UK Anti Fraud Policy May 2017
CURE UK – CURE International UK Vulnerable Persons Policy